Trump allies come up with the wrong response to the Comey bombshell

Vincent Carr
May 20, 2017

It follows a swiftly moving series of developments that have roiled Washington, including Trump's abrupt dismissal of the FBI director, James Comey, and the disclosure that the president urged Comey to drop the bureau's investigation into his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

Politico's John Bresnahan‏ had a similar item, noting that he heard from some congressional Republicans last night that the president's comments to Comey were an example of Trump "just spouting off".

Collins told CNN's "New Day" on Wednesday that reports surrounding Comey's firing and about a memo detailing a meeting with Trump in which the President asked him to stop his investigation into Flynn were "deeply troubling".

"I can not otherwise explain the accusations of the president that he handed Lavrov some sort of secrets", Putin added.

Citing unnamed sources, the Washington Post reported that Trump had shared intelligence with Lavrov regarding an Islamic State group terror threat related to the use of laptop computers on airplanes.

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"Look at the way I've been treated lately".

According to sources, intelligence came from a United States ally who had not authorised Washington to pass it on to Moscow. "So somebody's going to have to do more than have anonymous sources on this one for me to believe that there's something there". We're four months into this new administration, little over that, and he needs to right the ship.

In his letter to McCabe, Chaffetz says that the memo raises questions "as to whether the President attempted to influence or impede the FBI's investigation as it relates to Lt. Gen. Flynn". "I hope you can let this go", Trump said about the investigation into Flynn, according to a memo written by Comey and reported in the Times.

In a curious development, the unclassified memo was not even seen by the Times, which instead relied on an associate of Comey reading out parts of the memo to a Times reporter over the telephone.

The visit had already generated its share of scandal after Moscow released pictures of the closed-door Oval Office meeting showing Trump and Lavrov grinning after White House officials presumed they would not be made public. "I also got a very, very strong recommendation, as you know, from the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein".

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